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SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia in Rear-End incident

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia caused an accident yesterday:

Scalia The Supreme Court justice was ticketed early Tuesday for his role in a four-car fender-bender. No injuries to anyone but the cars — including Scalia’s, which had to be towed.

The accident happened just before 9 a.m. on what was to be a big day for the jurist: The nation’s highest court was hearing arguments in the massive Wal-Mart gender discrimination case. According to U.S. Park Police, Scalia was driving south on the parkway approaching Roosevelt Bridge when he rear-ended a car that had stopped for traffic, triggering a chain reaction.

Brooke Salkoff saw it all go down. The former NBC reporter told us she was just behind Scalia’s vehicle, a shiny black BMW in the left lane. “It slammed into the car in front of his, which pushed the other two forward,” and caused them all to skew into the right lane, she said.

Scalia made it to court on time for 10am arguments.

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  1. Damn, and so close too.

    (I'd probably go to hell for saying that. Good thing I don't believe in hell!)

    Posted by: Jeff K. | Mar 30, 2011 8:03:16 AM

  2. I'm actually surprised to learn Supreme Court justices aren't driven around by a security detail. I mean, if the Agriculture Secretary has a driver, shouldn't the justices of the nation's highest court?

    Posted by: DC | Mar 30, 2011 8:20:47 AM

  3. He does believe in original indent.

    Posted by: Philo | Mar 30, 2011 8:25:57 AM

  4. Sometimes it does feel like we're waiting around for the older generation to die off so we can just have our equal rights. Scalia is like the king of those old people. It's morbid but true.

    Posted by: george | Mar 30, 2011 8:26:26 AM

  5. His track record from the bench should be so benign. Pity that!

    Posted by: Bad Humor Boy | Mar 30, 2011 8:39:26 AM

  6. He is my enemy. He brings shame to our great country. I long for his death, and I'm not sorry about that.

    Posted by: wisebear | Mar 30, 2011 8:42:02 AM

  7. Yes, he certainly does more damage while on the job than he ever could driving around the city.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 30, 2011 8:42:35 AM

  8. so, so tantalizingly close. can only hope it is a harbinger for things yet to come which will not involve innocent citizens.

    Posted by: hank | Mar 30, 2011 9:02:49 AM

  9. "Scalia made it to court on time for 10a arguments."

    Can't miss a minute of trampling our citizen's rights, can we?

    Posted by: ANON IN SO CAL | Mar 30, 2011 9:33:49 AM

  10. Amen to @George and @Wisebear -- I will have a celebration, complete with cake, when that old bastard dies.

    Posted by: PG | Mar 30, 2011 9:55:43 AM

  11. Was he sodomizing his wife at the time? ;-)

    Posted by: JSH | Mar 30, 2011 10:00:04 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 30, 2011 10:13:16 AM

  13. d@mn

    so close

    Posted by: | Mar 30, 2011 10:27:59 AM

  14. Ironically, the cars he hit were forced to skew right. Just like everything he adjudicates!

    Posted by: Johninbend | Mar 30, 2011 11:00:47 AM

  15. you folks are sick. seriously. wishing that he die makes you no better than the folks you complain about.

    Posted by: DR | Mar 30, 2011 11:01:06 AM

  16. Actually "DR", it's an honest emotional reaction toward a man who views us as scum and whos blatant bigoted decisions are aimed at harming us.

    Take your sanctimonious criticism back in the closet.

    Posted by: Geoff | Mar 30, 2011 11:07:11 AM

  17. No doubt he was distracted by reading the Constitution through the little crystal cross that he wears around his neck.

    You know, the one that features a secret center stone, which when held up to the light, reveals the entire Lord’s Prayer, I mean US Constitution....

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Mar 30, 2011 12:01:48 PM

  18. If he's too old for driving (which is self evident) what makes him hang around to peddle his right wing self righteousness to the gullible ?
    Get off the stage , and the road, dude !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 30, 2011 12:08:38 PM

  19. He was anxious to get to the Court on time. It's a great day in Scalia's world when you can take another step toward the elimination of class-action suits. He was probably giddy with excitement.

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 30, 2011 12:19:25 PM

  20. I take heart in this accident. It could mean that Scalia's faculties are starting to slip. If that's the case, he could be off the bench sooner than we think...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Mar 30, 2011 12:27:15 PM

  21. Maybe it's a sign of senility. Time to have him tested.

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 30, 2011 1:13:08 PM

  22. Congress sets the budget for SCOTUS operations, so they probably prioritize with clerks at the expense of things like drivers. I would recommend a mandatory retirement age for federal judges of perhaps 75 or so. I'd also limit service on the SC to 25 years.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 30, 2011 1:34:45 PM

  23. in my experience, SCOTUS justices are assigned US marshals not secret service as protection, at least when we see them in Los Angeles. I assume they always have drivers, maybe something is different with Scalia's preferences or schedules that makes it more likely for him to skip the limo treatment. Might actually save the government some money, but with people shooting congressmen, I'd be careful if I were him generally.

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Mar 30, 2011 3:45:42 PM

  24. Whiplash!

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Mar 30, 2011 11:25:41 PM

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